tv President Trump Prime Minister Netanyahu Meeting CSPAN March 25, 2019 12:54pm-1:13pm EDT
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[applause] president trump: thank you so much. thank you. please, come. come. c.i.a.a, come, please. they can come. it's a big moment. very important moment. it's my honor to welcome prime minister netanyahu to the white house. very special man. has done a great job. i want to begin by expressing our condolences to the prime minister and the people of israel for the horrific hamas rocket attack on israeli homes
this morning which wounded seven civilians, at least, including numerous children. our prayers are with our friends in israel as they carry out an incredible way of life in the face of great terror. the united states recognizes israel's absolute right to defend itself. the despicable attack this morning demonstrates the significant security challenges that israel faces every single day and today i'm taking historic action to promote israel's ability to defend itself and really to have a powerful, very strong national security, which they're entitled to have. in a moment, i will sign a presidential proclamation recognizing israel's sovereign right over the golan heights. the state of israel took control of the golan heights in from o safeguard security
external threats. today, aggressive action by iran and terrorist groups in southern syria, including hezbollah, continue to make the golan heights a potential launching ground for attacks against israel. very violent attacks. any possible future peace agreement must account for israel's need to defend itself from syria, iran, and other regional threats. we do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of tel aviv. in our meeting today, the prime minister and i will discuss these dangers as well as several mutual priorities in the middle east and beyond. we'll be discussing other subjects, also, including trade, but we will mostly be discussing this defense and perhaps offense. under my administration, the
unbreakable alliance between the united states and israel has never been stronger. you read things, you hear things. it's never been stronger. just remember that. people talk but it's only talk. our relationship is powerful. at this moment, the american embassy stands proudly in jerusalem. the capital of the jewish people have established and they wanted the embassy for many, many years, for many decades and frankly, through many presidents and we got it done. not only did we got it done, we got it built at a slight cost saving, like about $1 billion cost saving. [laughter] president trump: and i want to thank ambassador david friedman for the job he's done and jason greenbladt and jared. they worked so hard together so i want to thank you, all. thank you very much, ambassador. are you enjoying it? and you love israel. >> and america.
president trump: and america. i was waiting for him to say that. [laughter] president trump: we've defeated the caliphate in syria. we have withdrawn from the horrible iran nuclear deal and imposed the toughest-ever sanctions, and these are by far the toughest ever on the iranian regime. it's having a big effect. iran is not the same country that it was when i took office. the day i took office, we had threats all over the middle east and beyond. iran is a much different place right now than it was. as i said during my state of the union address, we will not avert our eyes from the dictatorship that chants "death to america, death to israel" and calls for genocide against the jewish people. we won't let them even consider that. we will confront the poison of anti-semitism through both our
words and maybe even more importantly our actions. in the last century, humanity witnessed the horrific consequences of anti-semitism and a world without a jewish homeland. in the wake of those unthinkable horrors, the jewish people built a mighty nation in the holy land, something very, very powerful, something very special and important. .
yesterday a rocket was fired from gaza deep inside israel. it hit a home north of tel aviv t. wounded seven, including two small children. and mirkly -- miraculously no one was hurt, no one was killed. israel will not tolerate this. i will not tolerate this. and as we speak, as i told you, mr. president, just now, israel is responding force fully -- forcefully to this wanton aggression. i have a simple message to israel's enemies, we will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our states. after this meeting, i will return home ahe he head of schedule to lead the people of israel and the soldiers of go, mr. t before i president, it was so kind of you to invite he me to come can here
and was so important for me to come here to the white house and to thank you. mr. president, over the years israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the oval office. but israel has never had a better friend than you. you show this time and again. you show this when you withdrew from the disastrous nuclear deal with iran. i remember in one of our first meetings, you said this is a horrible deal. i will leave it. you said it. you did it. you showed it when you restored sanctions against a genocidal regime that seeks to destroy the one and only jewish state. you said i will restore those sanctions. you said it, and i did it. you showed that when you recognize jerusalem as israel's capital and moved the american embassy there and gave us a tremendous ambassador. you said it, you did it.
and you showed it once again today, mr. president, with your official proclamation recognizing israel's sovereignty ver the golan heights. mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, this is truly a historic day. for two decades from 1948 to 1967 syria rained deadly fire from the golan heights on israel citizens below. a generation of israeli children lived in constant danger. and then in two glorious days in june, 1967, the brave soldiers of israel scaled those daunting heights and liberated the golan. this has profound meaning for all israel, and for me personally. one of those brave soldiers was my brother, who was wounded in battle three hours before the end of the war. and a few years later as an
officer in a special unit, i led my soldier to covert mission into syria. as we came back to the golan, to israel, we nearly froze to death in a blinding the senator from. as you can see, i'm still here. but at that point in 1967, israel seized the high ground, which has since proven invaluable to our defense because in 1973 syria launched a surprise attack against israel and those same golan heights proved to be to enable us to absorb the initial attack. it was a horrific attack. and successfully counterattack the invading syrian forces within three weeks we were at the gates of damascus. outmanned, outgunned, our brave soldiers triumphed at one of the hardest fought tank -- after one of the hardest fought tank battles. we would have to wait nearly a
half century until this moment here in this room to translate a military victory into a diplomatic victory. and that is why, mr. president, your decision to recognize israel's sovereignty on the golan heights is so historic. your recognition is a two-fold -- twofold act of historic justice. israel won the golan heights in a just war of self-defense. and the jewish people's roots in the golan go back thousands of years. in the long sweep of jewish history, there have been a handful of proclamations by nonyou jewish leaders on behalf of our people and our land. cyrus the great, the great persian king. lord belfore, president harry s. produce treuman, and president donald j. trump. and you, mr. president, mr.
president, you have done it not once, but twice. with your bold proclamation on jerusalem and with your bold proclamation today on the golan. your proclamation comes at a time when the golan is more important than ever for our security. when iran is trying to establish bases in syria to strike at israel. from across the border, in syria, iran has launched drone noose our airspace, missiles into our territory. mr. president, just as israel as it all in 1967 just stood tall in 1973, israel stands tall today. we hold the high ground and we shall never give it up. mr. president, we have a saying in israel, ail say it 234 hebrew
fran fran, meaning -- [speaking a foreign language] that means the people who live in golan. thanks to you there are now two people who is stand with the golan. the people of israel and the people of america. so on behalf of all the people of israel thank you president trump, thank you for your leadership, thank you for your presentedship, and thank you for all you have done to make the alliance between america and israel stronger and greater than ever. thank you, mr. president. [applause] president trump: thank you very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
president trump: this is a long time in the making, should have aken place many decades ago. maybe you can can give this to the people of israel. prime minister netanyahu: thank you. [applause] >> after the speaker pro tempore:ing 9 proclamation, after recognizing jerusalem, will it include separation of jerusalem? will you give palestinians -- president trump: we're talking about this. thank you very much. prime minister netanyahu: mr. president, i have to tell you that i brought you a case of the finest wine from the golan. i understand you're not a great wine drinker. i give it to your staff.
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